Formerly a much larger neighbourhood, the neighbourhood of Willowdale now occupies the area to the north. Lansing is now bordered by Yonge Street to the east, Highway 401 to the south, Bathurst Street to the west and Burnett Avenue to the north.
The neighbourhood can even be broken down further with Lansing occupying the northeastern quadrant and Armour Heights the southwest section.
Homes in the neighbourhoods are largely owned and occupied by single families. The many mature pine trees in the neighbourhood and Don River, which effectively separateArmour Heightsand Lansing provide a calm to a neighbourhood which is such close proximity to Toronto's Highway 401.
- The Don Valley Golf Course is one of the finest public courses in the city and is located in the southern section (Armour Heights) of the neighbourhood.
- You will find luxury homes well in excess of 1 million dollars in this area
- Area residents attempted to change the name of the neighbourhood Armour Heights, however it has persisted.
Green space commands much of the real estate here, with York Cemetery markingLansing-Westgate’s northern boundary, and Earl Bales Park and the Don Valley Golf Course slicing through its middle section. The area south of the park is a somewhat isolated pocket of well-maintained one-and-a-half- and two-storey stone, stucco or brick homes, connected to the north via a foot path. Just watch out for plastic-wrapped turd bombs: the trail is popular with professional dog walkers (who apparently don’t clean up after their canine clients). The historic Lansing community, where the Sheppard family settled in 1798, has seen an influx of families in more recent years, many of them moving into new monster homes and townhouses.
HOUSING STOCK: Most homes are the result of two building booms: the post-war era to 1960, and the condos and rebuilds that have gone up since 2001. Central streets feature a mixture of original and new homes (there are many styles to choose from) with high-rise condos lining Yonge north of Sheppard.
BARGAIN ZONES: Prices drop as you move farther from Yonge and thesubway, especially in Lansing. For example, a house on Delhi Avenue recently went for a reasonable $549,000. In Westgate, there are older homes nearWilson that offer good value.
THE VERDICT: Proximity to the 401 is one of the area’s main selling points, but the noise can be a drawback. Young families (more than a third of residents are between their mid 20s and 40s) are flocking to the relatively affordable streets on either side of Sheppard, where the houses have wide lots and are close to the shopping and restaurants on Yonge Street.
NEARBY COFFEE SHOPS
|Cafe Mirage||Suite 121, 4841 Yonge St||(416) 250-9422|
|Café Lé Monde||5418 Yonge St,||(416) 250-7557|
|Cafe Princess||5590 Yonge St,||(416) 733-9600|
|Centre Cafe||5 Park Home Ave||(416) 221-7419|
|Java Joes||25 Sheppard Ave W||(416) 221-9032|
|Second Cup||5150 Yonge St||(416) 226-6968|
Schools - Lansing-Westgate Neighbourhood
|Public School||Cameron Public School||website||rank|
|Public School||Churchill Public School||website||rank|
|Public School||Summit Heights Public School||website||rank|
|Catholic School||St Edward Catholic School||website||rank|
|Catholic School||St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School||website||rank|
|Private School||McDonald International||website||rank|
|Private School||Upper Canada College||website||rank|
|Private School||North Toronto Academy||website||rank|
|Private School||Crescent School||website||rank|
|Private School||Toronto French School||website||rank|
|Private School||Crestwood School||website||rank|
|Private School||The York School||website||rank|
|Private School||St. Clements Girls School||website||rank|
|Private School||Greenwood College School||website||rank|
|Private School||Havergal College||website||rank|
|Private School||Royal St. George’s||website||rank|
|Private School||Branksome Hall||website||rank|
|University Preparatory Academy||Hongjin High School||website||rank|